Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez has played down Eden Hazard’s knock during their 4-1 win against Costa Rica in a pre-World Cup friendly, saying the Chelsea playmaker’s World Cup was not in doubt.
“I really enjoyed his performance. He was sharp and strong, he was majestic. At the end he just came off because he had a little bit of a dead leg, a little bit of a knock on his leg,” Martinez was quoted as saying by ESPNFC.
Hazard limped off in the 70th minute after an awkward collision as Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku scored twice in the team’s comfortable victory.
Hazard looked in brilliant touch before leaving the field.
Also on target were Dries Mertens and Michy Batshuayi after the visitors had taken a surprise 1-0 lead.
“I get the feeling this team wants to face adversity together. We are ready, ready for the World Cup,” Martinez said about the team’s performance.
Belgium had performed well in the warm-up matches. They played a draw against Portugal by 0-0, they won over Egypt by 3-0 and against Costa Rica by 4-1.
Belgium will start their World Cup campaign next Monday, June 18 against Panama in Sochi before facing Tunisia and England in Group G.
The 23-man squad of Belgium:
Koen Casteels, Thibaut Courtois, Simon Mignolet; Toby Alderweireld, Dedryck Boyata, Vincent Kompany, Thomas Meunier, Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen; Nacer Chadli, Kevin De Bruyne, Mousa Dembele, Leander Dendoncker, Marouane Fellaini, Youri Tielemans, Axel Witsel; Michy Batshuayi, Yannick Carrasco, Eden Hazard, Thorgan Hazard, Adnan Januzaj, Romelu Lukaku, Dries Mertens.